The plan was to bring together and showcase Shepparton’s diverse music communities, and Shepp Music Week did just that and more. Shepparton’s very first Shepp Music Week took place across six jam-packed days, with workshops, panel sessions and live music events held on Kaieltheban land, Yorta Yorta country.

Photograph of four Wulumbara dancers at a smoking ceremony.

Monday opened with Wulumbarra performing a very special dance and Welcome to Country at The Connection. This was followed by live music from locals acts, DJ Rivity Rascal and Lillie Walker. A riveting and thought-provoking ‘in conversation’ was presented in partnership with Still Here Arts & Culture, featuring Neil Morris (Music Victoria Awards 2021 Best Hip-Hop Act, DRMNGNOW) and Brady Jones (Yorta Yorta artist, Bricky B).

On Tuesday, a group of local emerging youth artists participated in an intensive development workshop. Syrene Favero (artist, writer, creative producer and filmmaker) took participants through music industry basics, including sending each of them off with their own music industry handbook. Participants also worked on creating professional artist bios while having professional headshots taken.

Three people posing for a photo. Bricky B wears a tshirt saying "Yorta Yorta Proud" and Neil Morris wears a tshirt saying "You're on Indigenous land".

Wednesday saw a full house at the JL Productions & Hire Warehouse. Company Director Jamie Lea assembled an engaging panel centred on regional festivals. The night kicked off with live music from local artist, Madi Colville-Walker, while speakers included Aarti Desai (The Push All Ages Tour), Adam Palmer (Euroa Music Festival) and Jamie Lea (The Winter Sessions, The Secret Garden gigs and more).

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At Thursday night’s panel session, attendees heard from speakers involved in MAV’s NEWPRINT program. Producer Kush Kuiy moderated the discussion on the importance of music community between Damon Paraha (who performs as NOMAD), Titan Debirioun (artist and social justice advocate) and Deng Tebir (singer, songwriter, and dancer).

Photograph of a small group of people sitting on chairs around a table having a conversation. On the stage behind them are two branded pull up banners for Music Victoria and Shepp Music Week.

Friday night saw Shepparton’s spectacular Victoria Park Lake come life with the sounds of Kaiit, KIAN, Aprilis, Vince the Kid and Mistykid for The Push All Ages Tour. The phenomenal soundtrack mixed in with sounds of overhead cockatoos, magpies and cicadas, making for a  truly spectacular evening watching the sun set over Shepparton.

Saturday concluded with a mega day of programming.  starting with an intimate ‘in conversation’ with X Factor winner and Yorta Yorta artist, Isaiah Firebrace. It was followed by Baiyiya Yapaneyepuk/Song Together, a live music event which saw over 100 people come together to celebrate Yorta Yorta artists on the Riverlinks Performing Arts Centre stage. Electric live performances from Isaiah Firebrace, Bricky B, Shanikwa AJ, Lillie Walker and DJVM were presented in partnership with Still Here Arts & Culture and Songlines.

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For the partygoers, Shepp Music Week concluded with a bang at nightclub Skkybar. MAV’s NEWPRINT Block 30 live club show had audiences dancing to the sounds of local artist Yungkily, plus other artists including MLBRN.

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Shepp Music Week was hands-down a success.  It brought together a vast array of music lovers, musicians and music businesses, forming special bonds and networks which will continue to flourish in the future. Music Victoria’s Shepparton team did an excellent job of pulling together and delivering the program.

Photograph of a diverse group of people posing for a photo outdoors. The sun streams through the trees behind them.

Shepp Music Week is part of the Regional Music Development Program. It is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and delivered in partnership by Music Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria with on-ground Shepparton support from MAV, Still Here Arts & Culture and JL Productions & Hire.